PICKENS COUNTY — Filing has closed for the special election to elect a new county Veterans’ Affairs Officer and there are nine candidates for the position.
Michael R. Bagwell of Pickens, Paul L. Boykin of Easley, Martha K. Dorset of Pickens, Gary Ellenburg of Liberty, Doug Finney of Pickens, Tom Hendricks of Liberty, Gary Hullinger of Easley, Fletcher Perry of Pickens and Tom Smith of Six Mile are seeking to replace Lt. Col. Rick Simmons, who resigned earlier this month to return to full-time active duty in the U.S. Army.
The special election will be held on Saturday, October 3 and polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Polls will be open at Dacusville Middle School, Gettys Middle School, Liberty Middle School, Pickens Middle School and R.C. Edwards Jr. High.
Only honorably discharged military veterans may vote in the elections. Spouses or dependents may not vote.
Before voting, veterans must present one of the following forms of identification: form DD-214, Discharge Certificate, Veterans Administration ID card, American Legion membership card, DAV, VFW or Retired Military card. They must also show proof of residency.
Absentee voting for this election will be available by mid-August, and paper ballots can be mailed to those unable to get to the polls on election day. In order to be eligible for absentee voting, voters must meet 17 criteria defined by the state.
The winner of the special election must be appointed by the county legislative delegation, but Sen. Larry Martin said the delegation will appoint the winner of the election.
The Pickens County Registration and Elections Commission is seeking 20-30 unpaid volunteers to assist poll clerks during the election. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and not related to any candidate.
To find out more about the special election, call the Registration and Elections office at 898-5948.